Indumathi's original work was a big success, I understand and the English translation has also been done well. The hero of the story is a young person in his early twenties who after finishing college hates to take up a 9 to 5 job but rather wants to pursue a career in literature. He undergoes lot of ridicule from his father, girl friend and society at large before he finally succumbs to a 9 to 5 job to take care of his family. Characters are well crafted and it clearly brings out the emotions and feelings of the characters very clearly.
The title of the story both in Tamil as well as in English aptly summarises the whole story. I feel Tamil title is more poetic compared to the English one.
I never read the original Tamil version and I happened to read the English version. I was told that this novel was also made into a serial in Doordarshan days of the 1980's with the lead role played by none other than "Raghuvaran". The serial was a huge success it seems and I tried really hard to remember it. I could finally remember the tall, lanky Raghuvaran walking slowly through the woods in a pensive mood. That is the only frame I remember from this serial. If that is really from this serial!!!